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Do Bearded Dragons Shed Their Skin?

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

A bearded dragon does shed its skin on a regular basis. For this to occur conditions for these lizards have to be just right. When they are kept as pets they will most likely need a basking lamp to do their shedding and also because they need a warm environment. For those of you who don't know much about these lizards they are members of the Pogona genus and there are eight different species of them in total.

These lizard pets are very popular in the United States and also Europe. People really like their manageable size and gentle nature. Their docile temperament means they don't bite or attack people. Though occasionally they may hiss at someone new to them. They mostly eat vegetables and their diet can be supplemented with some insects too.

Now for the shedding conditions to be just right in captivity means they will need, as mentioned earlier, some type of warm lamp that they can bask in because basking is one of their favorite things to do, like for six hours straight. Yes, they really do have a tough life don't they? If you happen to live in a warm area then let them bask outside. It is really good for them and they love it. Because they are a desert creature they need lots of vitamin D and the sunshine will give them that.

The bearded lizard's skin will come off in big patches and it is best to let it come off naturally. If you pull the skin off prematurely you could damage your lizard's new skin growth. Having them soak in warm, shallow water or even misting them can help to speed up the shedding process.

You might encounter some problems during your lizard's shedding. These lizards really don't like shedding and sometimes they can get really cranky during the process. Don't be surprised if your lizard snaps or hisses at you when you try to hold your pet. They may also stop eating their regular amount of food. There is no need to worry because once the shedding process is over with they will start eating normally again.

Sometimes your lizard may have a problem shedding his old skin. At times, it can take a really long time to shed the skin around their spikes, toes and tails. If this occurs you can help by giving your pet a warm bath and then rub a little mineral oil on the problem area. This should give the area enough moisture so the skin will come off more easily.

Believe it or not, sometimes bearded lizards actually eat the skin they just shed. Now that you know that little tidbit you won't be wondering where all the skin went. Eating their own skin is not a health problem for these lizards because they have been doing this for thousands of years.

Most bearded dragon lizards will live about ten to twelve years, and some might live even longer. These little guys, affectionately called "beardies", make wonderful pets not only for adults, but for children too.

I hope you have found this article about Bearded Dragon Care to be of interest to you. If you would like more information on Bearded Lizards or to discover what you shouldn't do if you want to keep your beardie happy take a look at my website beardedlizards.org

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